| 1 December 2023, Friday |

One dead, seven injured in Naples in night of soccer celebrations

Seven people were hurt overnight in Naples as the southern Italian city erupted in celebration over the success of its soccer club, according to a local official. One guy died from gunshot wounds.

After Napoli’s 1-1 away tie against Udinese on Thursday night, the team celebrated late that night after winning its first Serie A championship in 33 years.

Hours later, a man died from gunshot wounds but the incident had “nothing to do with the celebrations”, Naples Prefect Claudio Palomba told RAI public radio.

Friends and relatives of the victim vandalised the emergency room where he had been rushed to, ANSA and other Italian news agencies said.

Police are investigating the death, Palomba said, adding that of the seven people who were hurt during the night, some suffered fireworks injuries.

Wild partying was widely expected in Naples over the “Scudetto” title win, and authorities had taken several steps to try to contain risks to public order.

The city centre was pedestrianised while fireworks and firecrackers were banned, but that did not stop Neapolitans celebrating with such items throughout the night.

  • Reuters